Adoption, FlyUp!, Gallery of Diamonds, Jewelry, Life Adventures, Philosophy, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

The Power of Intention

I have proof that if you intensely hold a thought in your head for a long period of time it will become true. In 1993, shortly after I opened Gallery of Diamonds jewelers which now resides in Santa Ana, CA, I began a writing contest for school kids. Since I was adopted as a child… Continue reading The Power of Intention

Childhood Memories, Life Adventures, Philosophy

Henrietta Lukemeyer

Henrietta Lukemeyer was an elderly lady who lived down the hill from my childhood home in Indiana. She rarely stopped by to say hello to my mom, but when she did I remember her positive energy and politeness. She always wore a smile and smelled like fresh flowers. Sometimes she sold Avon products door to… Continue reading Henrietta Lukemeyer

Amazing Today, Life Adventures, Philosophy

Time

I'm impatient. I don't enjoy being stopped by a red light. I don't like to be put on hold. I abhor waiting in checkout lines. I seek instant gratification. I love a one-minute thrill. I savor a delicious meal. I delight in a good sneeze. I chase pleasure and avoid pain. I live for the… Continue reading Time

Life Adventures, Society

Dear Friends,

Dear friends, I apologize if my sense of humor has been partially replaced with current political issues I believe are destructive. If I say, “the election is over”, “let it go”, or “give the president a chance”, it proclaims that I am not willing to stand up for those I feel have been harmed by… Continue reading Dear Friends,

Adoption, Amazing Today, Gallery of Diamonds, Life Adventures, Philosophy, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

How I became Diamond Mike

My name has not always been Diamond Mike. In fact, when I was born I never had a name. The name Michael was given to me three days later by a loving woman and man who I would later call mom and dad. I was adopted. I never did meet my birthmother, who died in… Continue reading How I became Diamond Mike

Amazing Today, FlyUp!, Life Adventures, Philosophy

How Big is Your Cube?

  How Big is Your Cube? It was just a silly game at work. You know, the psychological kind that asks one to imagine a forest, a key on the ground, or a fork in the road. Each vision relates to one's love life, likelihood of success, or hopes, dreams and fears. I was asked… Continue reading How Big is Your Cube?

FlyUp!, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

Why the Umbrella?

People ask why I bring umbrellas to schools. It is because sometimes one must be dramatic to illustrate a point. When students raise the canopies above their heads, they know it is a symbol they are loved and that they can accomplish anything in life. As the founder of the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond… Continue reading Why the Umbrella?

Adoption, FlyUp!, Life Adventures

Secret Agent 27

I was also a secret agent! For twenty years I searched for clues and asked pointed questions to unravel the mystery of my birth mother. Who was she? Where did I come from? How did I get here? I was a curious detective. I was an undercover spy. My only weapon was my determination to… Continue reading Secret Agent 27

Amazing Today, FlyUp!, Life Adventures, Philosophy, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

Time Traveler

I'm also a time traveler! Yes. I can show you how to be that, too. When you go out at night and see a beautiful star, did you know that you're looking into the past? Because the star is so far away that it takes million of years for the light of the star to… Continue reading Time Traveler

Amazing Today, FlyUp!, Life Adventures, Philosophy

Way Out There!

"Way Out There!" Recently a schoolteacher described me affectionately as, "way out there." After all, purple is usually not the favorite color of men who desire to make a difference in the world. Also, strutting into a school classroom with an opened black and white umbrella above ones head does not always command respect. Purple… Continue reading Way Out There!

Philosophy

Make a promise to yourself.

In my Raise Your Umbrella lecture, these kids promised: I will follow my spark and passion and dreams. I understand that the world will give me anything I ask. I am prepared for a lifetime of success. When we Fully Live Our Unlimited Potential We FLY UP!